The National Lottery - At A Glance

By UK-Lotterysyndicate

The National Lottery is the United Kingdom's largest millionaire-making game. It is governed by The National Lottery Commission and is also run by the Camelot Group. It may be played by UK residents who are at minimum 16 years of age.

Unlike other countries, The National Lottery cash payouts is paid as a lump sum, tax-free and winners can choose anonymity. Additionally, a great deal of the money gained through the lottery game is given back again to assist the British citizens, mostly in the form of charities. Every single pound spent on The National Lottery, 50% goes to the prize fund, 28% goes mainly to charities and 12% goes to the UK Government.Winning tickets should be claimed within 180 days or the winnings are forfeited.

Main Lotto

Main Lotto was initially called The National Lottery. Lotto is the more popular draw, with around millions of tickets' sales every Wednesday and Saturday draw. The entry fee to the Lotto draw is £1 per line. Players choose six numbers in a line, or they can choose 'Lucky Dip' where the six numbers are picked automatically on purchase. .The draws are carried out in BBC one. Six numbers are drawn from a set of balls with numbers ranging from 1 to 49 plus a bonus ball. Prizes are given to participants who match at least three of the six drawn numbers with probability of 1 in 56. Matching all six drawn numbers wins a share in the lottery jackpot with probability of 1 in 13,983,816. If no player matches all six of the drawn numbers the jackpot is accumulated into the subsequent lottery draw which is called a Rollover.


EuroMillions was unveiled in 2004 by United Kingdom, France and Spain's lottery groups. Other countries soon followed. A standard EuroMillions ticket cost £2, €2, or CHF 3.00 per line played, according to the local currency. Draws are held every Tuesday and Friday night in Paris.An option, called Plus is available in Ireland and Portugal by adding €1.00 per line. The cost of playing in the UK increased from £1.50 to £2.00 per line in November 2009 with an automatic entry in UK's Millionaire Raffle.Apart from Switzerland, all prizes are tax-free. Prizes are still paid in lump sum and players can choose anonymity.

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